Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes winner Eurozone is one of three Bart and James Cummings trained three year olds who were paid up as late entries for the Group 1 $500,000 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 1.
The Cummings camp also paid late entry fees for Shamalia, a winner of his her last two starts and the lightly raced Brook Road who was a winner for James McDonald on the Kensington track at Randwick on Wednesday.
While Jason Coyle also paid a late entry fee for Takewing whose best effort to date is a last start second in a Randwick maiden on New Year’s Day.
James Cummings was impressed with Brook Road’s second win from four starts and convinced Bart Cummings to include the God’s Own filly in the Australian Guineas nominations.
“I will talk to Bart about a late entry for the Australian Guineas,” James Cummings said after the filly win on Wednesday.
“I don’t think it would be money badly spent to keep the dream alive.”
McDonald was very excited to have finally rode a winner for Bart and James Cummings and was also impressed with the win of Brook Road.
“It’s great to get my first winner for James and Bart,” McDonald said.
“She’s a really nice horse. She’s tractable, she’s got a great turn of foot and she did that easy.”
Eurozone was the first Stakes winner the newly formed partnership of Bart and James Cummings trained when the three year old took out the Listed $100,000 The Rosebud (1200m) at Randwick on August 10 last year.
The Northern Meteor colt then went on to win the Group 2 $250,000 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on September 28 and the new training partnership was off and running.
The Australian Guineas now has a total of eighty-nine entries with Cox Plate winner Shamus Award the headline three year old alongside of Victoria Derby winner Polanski from the Robbie Laing stable.
The Peter Snowden trained Complacent is also a notable entry who won the Group 1 $400,000 Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on October 12 before running second to Polanski in the Group 1 $1.5m AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington on November 2.